One of the most precious bonding moments you can have with your child is reading together. There’s no reason why you shouldn’t read to your baby today.
Read To Your Bump
You can start reading to your baby when he isn't even born yet. This way, he can get used to the soothing sound of your voice and of words strung together. It doesn't matter what you read to your unborn child. You can even read the latest novel you're absorbed in. It may take longer to finish, but remember you're hitting two birds with one stone. And if baby begins to move, he's responding and probably saying, “More, Mommy, more!”
Read To Your Newborn
Your newborn will be just as receptive as when he was in your tummy. This time, together with whatever's on your shelf, you can start bringing out your baby's books and reading simple rhymes. Though he won't really seem to appreciate them yet, exposing your little one early to books is the best way to begin a love affair with the written word.
Read To Your Growing Baby
As he gets older, your tot will be more interested in ripping pages and chewing on your books rather than reading or even looking at them. But instead of taking the reading material away, give him board books or even plastic books to gnaw on. Keep reading to him for as long as he's interested. This time, you can even start pointing out the different pictures and telling baby what they are. A good idea is to divide reading time into baby's exploration and bonding time with Mommy and Daddy. When baby's reading on his own, give him lift-the-flap books, touch-and-feel books, anything interactive. Though you may also read these with baby, you can opt for more straightforward ones when you are turning the pages.
Read To Your Toddler
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When baby hits toddler hood, you don't have to limit his books to those with cartoon characters. If he shows interest in what you're reading, talk to him about it. This would also be a good time for him to learn how to respect books—no writing on, ripping, or crumpling pages. You can also take out poems and plays and read them to him using funny voices. Who knows? Your little one may even have a taste for Shakespeare!
Getting lost in a book is one of the most enjoyable pleasures in life. What makes it even more special is when you can share this gift with your precious one.
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